“England’s first COVID-19 death was an older woman believed to have contracted the virus in the U.K.,” another example of community spread to someone who had not been to China, Italy or other infected countries.
“Indian authorities on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, ordered India’s vast pharmaceutical industry to stop exporting 26 drugs and drug ingredients, most of them antibiotics, without explicit government permission. The reason: shortage of Chinese drug ingredients because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
— The New York Times, “With Suppliers in China Hobbled, India Curbs Exports of Vital Drugs,” March 4, 2020
1 PM Mtn UPDATE: March 5, 2020 Albuquerque, New Mexico – Today the U. K. reported its first COVID-19 death and biggest daily jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases with 87 people now confirmed to have the lethal coronavirus. The Department of Health said three of the new U. K. cases have no known source, which raises fears that community transmission may now be taking hold in which COVID-19 is spreading through air and touch without the infected person ever having been in China or Italy or other previously contaminated region. SkyNews reports that Boris Johnson, Prime Minister warns that it is now “highly likely” the virus will now spread in a “significant way.”
Further, an older patient who was not well in Berkshire, England, has become the first person in the UK to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19.
11:00 AM Mtn UPDATE: March 4, 2020 Albuquerque, New Mexico – The current confirmed cases and deaths of COVID-19 in the United States are: 154 cases and 11 deaths. Los Angeles County has announced 6 new cases and has declared a state of emergency. In New York State, an attorney in his 50s appears to be the first case there of “community spread” without a known source. He is in critical condition at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
World Update — 83 Countries and Higher Death Rate of 3.4%
The COVID-19 coronavirus is now spreading in 83 countries and territories around the world with a newly reported death rate of 3.4%, compared to the seasonal influenza death rate of .1%. Worldometers.info reports 131 new cases in China with 38 new deaths; 435 new cases in South Korea with 3 new deaths; 587 new cases in Italy with 28 new deaths; 586 new cases in Iran with 15 new deaths; 63 new cases in Spain with 2 deaths; 11 new cases in Australia with 1 new death; and 3 new cases in Iraq with 2 new deaths.
See Real Time Statistics: Worldometers.info
Dominoes Are Falling in World Drug Industry Supply
Chinese factories have been the major world supplier of antibiotics and vitamins. But with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic raging, those factories have been closed for weeks.
Now India, with its huge pharmaceutical industry, has been forced to stop exporting 26 drugs and drug ingredients — including for the pain reliever acetaminophen and several antibiotics. The reality is that most of the pharmaceutical ingredients that India has processed ORIGINATE from China, the nation hit first and hardest so far by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people in many countries now with other health problems that need daily medicines are desperately contacting hospitals and health organizations for help.
But that’s why Indian authorities yesterday on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, “ordered India’s vast pharmaceutical industry to stop exporting 26 drugs and drug ingredients, most antibiotics, without explicit government permission,” according to The New York Times, which also reported today that India’s Fitch Ratings that follows the pharmaceutical industry for India, reports: “If this trend of diminishing drugs and drug ingredients continues beyond March 2020 and the coronavirus spreads to other regions in China and around the globe, we expect a disruption of the supply chains and everyone will be hit — every sector.”
02-29-20 – First COVID-19 Death in U. S. Is In Washington State. King County Press Conference At 4 PM Mtn Today. New Cases in Washington, Oregon and California Could Be “Community Spread.” U. S. 66 Confirmed Cases. World Death Total Now 2,942 and 86,021 Cases.
02-26-20 – 8:30 AM Mtn Feb. 26th Update — CDC to Americans: “Prepare for Expectation That This COVID-19 Might Be Bad.” WHO: “World Must Prepare for Pandemic.” See Earthfiles YouTube Livestream Tonight for Latest Details.
02-04-2020 – Feb. 4th 11:30 AM Mtn UPDATE – 427 Deaths and 20,707 Confirmed Cases in 28 Countries. 11 Cases in USA. Hong Kong Reports 1st Death Amid Calls to Shut Down Border. Hyundai Suspending Car Production in So. Korea.
01-31-2020 – Friday 8:45 PM Update – 7th Case in U.S.; Current Death Toll Now 259 and Confirmed Cases 11,791. Many Airlines Have Suspended All Flights to China. Russia Closed Down Border to China As W.H.O. Declares Wuhan Coronavirus “Global Public Health Emergency.”
01-25-2020 – Saturday AM UPDATE: New Wuhan Coronavirus Death Toll Now 41; More Than 1,287 Confirmed Cases, Including France. 2 Confirmed U. S. Cases.05-28-2009 – Updated – Is A/H1N1 Outbreak A “Herald Wave” Preceding More Serious Fall 2009 Epidemic?
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“Coronavirus: Italy hunts for coronavirus superspreader as ‘7th person dies’ of COVID-19,” Sky News, February 24, 2020: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-austria-considers-border-controls-over-coronavirus-outbreak-11941438
Worldometers Active COVID-19 Cases and Deaths: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
“Lung biopsy of deceased China patient shows SARS-like damage,” February 18, 2020, Japanese Times: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/18/asia-pacific/science-health-asia-pacific/lung-biopsy-deceased-china-patient-shows-sars-like-damage/#.Xky-KUN7k6c
“Stocks fall after Apple’s coronavirus warning; analyst says ‘worst is yet to come’ for markets,” February 18, 2020: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/18/coronavirus-latest-updates.html
COVID-19 Cases in U.S: CDC Latest Coronavirus Updates | Time: https://time.com/5783771/covid-19-us-cases/
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